[TenTec] Orion 1 and Orion 2 advice

Larry robison at netohio.com
Fri Mar 4 08:49:46 PST 2011


I accidentally came across a very good buy on an Orion I recently. I was 
so impressed that within a month, I called TT and ordered an Orion II. 
Both are better than excellent radios. The biggest difference that I can 
see is the display, with the color display on the Orion II being 
superior. I would not give up my Orion II period. If I had it to do over 
again however, I would stick with the Orion I and save a lot of $$$. 
Besides the display, I cannot see that much difference. Both are 
excellent! What I would do differently is that I would have had the 
Orion I display changed to the new Blue Silver display that you see on 
the Jupiter. It is a very smart display and easy on the eyes. I was told 
by TT that the display was available for the Orion I and that the cost 
was $150 plus installation labor. There are quite a few very good buys 
out there on an Orion I and that's how I would do it.  -- Larry W8ER

Karl Seper wrote:
> Gentlemen,
> Thanks for whatever wisdom you may share.  I have the opportunity to
> purchase a new rig to replace my Yaesu ft 897d.  The Yaesu is fine and I
> have about 250 countries on it with my log antenna and rebuilt SB-200.
> I am between a Orion 1 and Orion 2 - Flexradio, K3 are out of the
> running.  I will be looking to purchase used in either case.  From what
> I can tell from the specs, either radio has a tremendous receiver and
> the user interface is about the same for the two radios.  From a
> reliability, age, availability of parts, etc your thoughts on the pro's
> and con's.  Thanks in advance.  Respond to the reflector or privately to
> kd8gox at arrl.net.  - Karl    
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